Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear very dark brownish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some ruby + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a slightly mottled very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (cherry and raisin) over the top of lighter aromas of spices and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherry, raisin, and prunes) and candi sugar contributing to the sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of spices as well as the distinctive Belgium yeast characteristics. Hints of alcohol and just a touch of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Enough complexity to keep me interested, especially after the beer warms and opens up. Enjoyable and easy to drink though the alcohol could be a little better hidden in my opinion. Definitely an enjoyable beer and one that I grab every once in a while.

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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Huyghe "Delirium Nocturnum"
on tap @ Union Tap House, Philadelphia, PA on 17 FEB 2017
$8 / 10.5 oz.

Notes: Not the first time I've had this beer, and in fact I'm kind of missing the painted bottle that looks kind of like concrete. Green glass underneath if I'm not mistaken. On the other hand, I'm not sure that being on tap improves it or helps it like some other beers. Fairly clear reddish-brown body beneath a short cap of light tan. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of dull spice and herbs over limited caramel and soft bittersweet chocolate. The flavor brings in more herbal notes and some mild dried dark-skinned fruits (raisin, dried fig, prune), but also background banana and red fruit as well as more caramel and light milk chocolate. Also more earthy/herbal spice and a bit of anise and cardamom. A flicker of alcoholic heat is present as well, and along with the moderate bitterness and spice helps to dry it in the finish. Initially effervescent, and then smoother with a medium body. Easy to drink - everything's there but it doesn't jump out at you, but rather remains pretty pulled together into one overall flavor.

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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

About 10 oz serving in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly clear dark red mahogany; thin tan head; good lacing.

Smell: malt; dark fruits; a little yeasty

Taste: Fruity and creamy; in combination, more so than any beer I can remember. A tad spicy. Chocolate? Slight sourness in finish, especially after warming.

M - smooth and very creamy; Medium-body.

Excellent complexity and dynamic variation in flavor from start to aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid darker Belgian beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a brownish tint with a pretty large head,aroma was like bubblegum and spicey.Taste is chocolaty and spicey with some light fruity notes.Seemed a little thin but the drinkability for me on this one was great.Went very with a stuffed quail dish and a sauce reduction of the beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for gifting this bottle. Served in a t'Brugs Beertje wine glass.

Pours very dark and starts with a nice tan head. Good retention and some clingy lacing on the way down. The nose carries a light bight of anise alongside dark fruits. The flavor does a good job mixing the black-licorice character with the more-common dark fruit elements. The anise character presents a nice dryness and spark to the mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence. Quite good.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (either Eulogy or Monk's, I assume)
(This review is from a recent tasting.)

A cloudy, dark, reddish-brown liquid with a healthy puff of light tan head that receded to a patchy layer and left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark sugars, malts, some cocoa hints, and some herbal/earthy hop notes. Taste is sugary, nutty, caramel, bready yeast, bakers' chocolate, hints of dark dried fruits, earth, herbal hops. Medium body, easily drinkable, very nice overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle couldn't decipher the code for BBD the 1,5 & 6 were all marked

Pours ruddy red/chestnut with 4 fingers+ tan head. Head settles down to a healthy film 1/4" deep & just a hint of lacing

S: Slight choclate hints as it warms, caramel & rock candy also there, along with a little more choclate as it warms

T: Choclate, earthy hops & praline up front. Dryness & breadyness follow. Caramel, pepper & a hint of pumpernickle also there. Brown sugar & a slight yeastyness are the main pieces of the finish

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks very easy for the abv, not a bad effort, but depth & complexity is missing. An okay dark belgian

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, brown body with a small, creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted biscuits, caramel, a bowlful of candy, and a rather juicy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet toasty, even bready maltiness with a taste of caramel. Dark candi sugar sweetness present. There's even a little bit of chocolate. Again, it has a prevailing fruitiness with flavors of lightly tart cherries and raisins. Hint of spice. Finishes sweet and cakey with a definite warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation that's a bit prickly.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. Another delightful member of the Delirium Family.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendously turbid tawny with a thin sliver of blood orange along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored cap filled more than half the glass initially and is now deflating at a snail's pace. I don't necessarily consider clarity to be a positive, so I like this look just fine. It'd be nice if a little lace would appear, but it doesn't look as though it will.

The nose is redolent of caramel malt, musky hops, bruised orchard fruit and cloves. In other words, it's a typical BSDA (if such a thing can be said to exist). It's powerful and inviting even if it isn't quite as complex as I'd hoped.

Delirium Nocturnum is an excellent Belgian ale. The flavor profile is essentially the aroma in liquid form. There's a fair amount of dark malt present that provides flavors of unsweet caramel and well-toasted brown bread. In addition to fallen apples, liquified figs are now saturating my taste buds. The beer isn't quite dark enough for raisins to come into play, nor sweet enough to be date-like.

Clove is still up close and personal without being pushy. A hearty, spicy yeast strain was needed to stand up to the boldness of the other ingredients and I'm happy to see that one was provided. I'd like to see a little more sweetness, but that's just me. All in all, this is a very nice version that is becoming even more delicious as it warms and coheres a bit more tightly.

The body/mouthfeel matches the rest of the beer's attributes quite well. It's neither lush and sticky, nor light and airy, but is somewhere in between. While the number of bubbles is par for the Belgian ale course, they're so fine that the mouthfeel is almost quiescent. There's almost no hint of the 8.5% ABV, other than a mild tongue numbing as I enter the final third of the bottle.

I'm not quite as delirious about Delirium Nocturnum as I was about Delirium Tremens, but that's probably due to the fact that I like BSPAs more than I like BSDAs. This is still fabulous beer and would make a great nightcap. It might even induce dreams of pink elephants, who knows?

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inviting dark colour with good lacing, big fruity and alcoholic aroma. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a mellow up front sweetness, mild apple like tartness and a mix of medicinal herb, spicy alcohol and slight grain in the dry finish. This is one Belgian that I'll be going back to for sure.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,858 ratings
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